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Visalia Players

Grey Gardens Presented by the Visalia Players

IN THE January 30 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



Grey Gardens is unusual in a number of ways, but perhaps most notably for being the only musical based on a documentary. Thus, the show has an historical perspective uncommon in musical theatre.

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Janka Presented by the Visalia Players

IN THE December 29 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



Portraying a person you have known is an opportunity and challenge afforded few actors. Janice Noga is one of the select few as she embodies Janka Festinger in the Visalia Players’ production of Janka, which opens at the Ice House Theatre on January 11, 2019.

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by Nancy Holley



Escanaba in Da Moonlight gives theatregoers a night of rollicking merriment and an opportunity to glimpse life in Upper Peninsula, Michigan — heavily forested, often a bit strange, and perfect for deer hunting.

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Dixie Swim Club Presented By the Visalia Players

IN THE September 19 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley




Dixie Swim Club, as its title suggests, is set in the south and revolves around members of a swim club. To be exact, it is a delightful comedy that occurs in North Carolina involving members of a college swim team, who meet each year to reminisce, catch-up, and support each other.

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by Nancy Holley



Shakespeare in Love, as the opening show of the Visalia Players sixty-second season, is no accident. Based on a movie that won seven Academy awards, Shakespeare in Love is a light-hearted romantic comedy with themes familiar to all.

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A Few Good Men Presented by Visalia Players

IN THE June 13 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



A Few Good Men may be remembered best as an iconic movie, but it was originally an outstanding play which has been translated into many languages and performed world-wide. The Visalia Players are closing their sixty-first season with this powerful courtroom drama.

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by Nancy Holley



Nana’s Naughty Knickers, a delightful farce, bursts onto the Ice House stage on Friday, April 13, with gaiety for all. Even the title makes you smile, and that’s just the beginning.

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Mothers and Sons Presented by the Visalia Players

IN THE February 28 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



Family relationships are complicated. The storyline of Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons, which opens Friday, March 2, at the Ice House Theatre in Visalia, is no exception. Director Peg Collins identifies the play as “a deeply compassionate and touching look at the transformative nature of forgiveness and the evolving definition of family.”

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Look Back at Theatre in the Valley in 2017

IN THE January 13 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


It is that time of year again when we look back at the year of theatre that just ended–and 2017 was another amazing year in the Valley. There were way too many shows to mention them all, but here are several of the highlights!

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Boys of Broadway Presented By the Visalia Players

IN THE January 10 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



Ring in the New Year with a creative experience at the Ice House Theatre as the Visalia Players presents Boys of Broadway,”a musical revue written and directed by Leeni Mitchell. Regulars at the Ice House will recall our box office smash opener for the 2015-16 season Broads of Broadway, also directed by Mitchell.

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Driving Miss Daisy Presented By Visalia Players

IN THE October 25 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



The Visalia Players are proud to present Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize winning comedy-drama Driving Miss Daisy. The play and film made popular by such stars as Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, Angela Lansbury, and James Earl Jones depict the twenty-five year relationship of a Jewish woman raised in the segregated South and her African-American chauffeur, a product of the same era.

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Cabaret Presented By Visalia Players

IN THE August 16 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



Cabaret, the iconic musical, opens the 61st season of the Visalia Players and the 42nd season of the Ice House Theatre. Cabaret is set in 1930s Germany as the Nazis are coming to power, but its basic themes of love, apathy, and totalitarianism are universal. Thus, over its 50-year history, the staging of Cabaret has mirrored American society at the time of the production.

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by Larry Ham



The word Icon gets thrown around a lot these days. Icons come pretty cheap in the year 2017. But, when it comes to the world of rock and roll music, there are some performers who can accurately be called Icons. And Buddy Holly is one of them. And if you want to know why he is such an iconic figure, then go see a performance of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at the Ice House Theatre in Visalia.

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by Nancy Holley



The Visalia Players at the Ice House Theatre are excited to climax their 60th anniversary season with the musical, Buddy–The Buddy Holly Story. Alan Janes wrote the play to honor Holly’s remarkable talent and to spotlight the extraordinary significance of his work.

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